Written in corresponding chapters by a Japanese and an American playwright, this world premiere combines two established artists of the same generation in a deep creative conversation across cultures. More…
This adventurous tale was written sequentially, like a Japanese renga poem. In the process of writing the play, each artist drafted a ten minute section in response to the other's contribution. Over three years, they built a sequence of chapters. Each section was translated into the opposite language so that the other playwright could respond. Its plot follows a supposed murderer who reinvents himself, and is reinvented by circumstance, in a series of adventures in the Suicide Forest of Japan.
See it if love luminous experiments in staging, or can appreciate characters who act as unpredictably as the actors that are playing them.
Don't see it if you do not like your media mixed, no matter how lovely the result, or your plots loose-ended, or your questions left unanswered.
See it if you are in need of a theatrical experience that tests form and content.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy absurdism, experimental theatre, and/or need a traditional linear narrative.